A year and a half after being sentenced to 15 months in jail for convincing her then-boyfriend to commit suicide, Michelle Carter has begun her prison sentence.
In August 2017, Carter was found guilty for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III. Over the trial, it was revealed that Carter was found to have sent text messages to Roy encouraging the then 18-year-old boy to take his own life.
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Some of the texts Carter sent Roy revealed in court, read:
Carter: … You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable. You’re finally going to be happy in heaven …
Carter: You can’t think about it You just have to do it? You said you were gonna do it like I don’t get why you aren’t
Roy: I don’t get it either. idk.
Carter: So I guess you aren’t gonna do it then, all that for nothing. I’m just confused like you were so ready and determined
Roy: I am gonna eventually. I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.
Carter: You keep pushing it off and you say you’ll do it, but u never do. Its always gonna be that way if u don’t take action. You’re just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off, you just have to do it.
Carter: I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. You can’t keep doing this every day.
It was also revealed that Carter was on the phone with Roy as he sat in his truck, parked in a K-Mart parking lot waiting for it to fill up with carbon monoxide in July 2014.
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At one point during the suicide attempt, Roy reportedly got out of his truck after getting scared, but Carter convinced him to get back into his truck where he later passed away.
After realizing what she was just apart of, Carter sent these text messages to a friend:
I knew he was in that Kmart parking lot, I knew he was gonna use the generator to inhale carbon monoxide I knew it all.
I just got off the phone with Conrads mom about 20 mins ago and she told me that detectives had to come and go thru his things and stuff, Its something they have to do with suicides and homicides. And she said they have to go thru his phone and see if anyone encouraged him do it on texts and stuff…Sam they read my messages with him, I’m done. His family will hate me and I could go to jail.
Her defense argued that it was because of the anti-depressant medication she was on that the then 17-year-old wasn’t able to best handle the situation she was in. They also presented a conversation she had with Roy two years earlier in 2012 where she begged him not to kill himself and giving him reasons why he should want to live.
Prior to being found guilty, the judge presiding over Carter’s case explained his reasoning for sentencing her to 15-months in prison.
Judge Lawrence Moniz said that by Carter instructing Roy to get back in the truck “constituted wanton and reckless conduct.”
“[Carter] is mindful that the process in the truck will take approximately 15 minutes, whether that is a true fact is not relevant, what is relevant is that that is her state of mind based upon a text exchanged between she and Mr. Roy during the period of June 30th to July 14. She instructs Mr. Roy to get back into the truck while knowing all of the feelings he has exchanged with her, his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns.
“This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct by Ms. Carter, creating a situation where this is a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy.”
For the next year and a half, Carter remained free as she and her legal team appealed the final verdict.
While in court on February 11, Carter’s lawyer asked again for the now 22-year-old to remain free as they continue with the appeal process arguing that “she has no prior criminal record, hasn’t tried to flee, and has been receiving mental health treatment,” according to USA Today.
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However, the judge still ruled in favor of Carter beginning her sentence immediately.
Pictures of Carter being escorted out of the courtroom showed her with a sullen look on her face and noticeably shorter hair.
Her lawyer vowed to continue fighting for Carter’s freedom:
“Make no mistake, this legal fight is not over.”
Roy’s aunt, however, was pleased to learn of the judge’s decision:
“We hope that no one else ever has to feel this pain. His life mattered.”
Carter is also not allowed to have any contact with those involved in the trial and may not benefit or profit from the events over the past three years.